A group of London's universities are launching a new collaboration – OpenSME – that seeks to make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to access the expertise and knowledge they offer.
New Training and Growth Programme for London’s Most Promising Small Businesses
31 October 2011
UCL, one of the top-ten universities in the world, and the Goldman Sachs Foundation, are delighted to announce the launch of 10,000 Small Businesses UK, a programme designed to unlock the economic and job creation potential of small businesses and social enterprises.
The goal of the programme is to provide participants with tools and resources to help them lay the foundation for long-term sustainable growth and job creation. 10,000 Small Businesses is designed for leaders of established small businesses and social enterprises, who will benefit from targeted support and resources to help them define and achieve their business growth aspirations.
The core of the programme is high quality, practically-focused business and management training, delivered over twelve sessions lasting approximately 100 hours. To supplement this core learning, 10,000 Small Businesses provides a range of business support services to participants. During the application process and curriculum delivery, the specific needs of the participants are identified to inform the provision of appropriate support. UCL and Goldman Sachs will work with their network of local partners to coordinate the delivery of these services which will include but among others specialist workshops, one to one business advising, access to capital and alumni services. During the course of the programme every participant will develop a customised Growth Plan to direct their organisation’s business strategy and expansion.
A crucial feature of the programme is the unique networking and peer learning opportunities created for participants. As leaders of small businesses from a wide range of industry sectors, programme participants offer complementary strengths, knowledge and skills to the collective group. The course is taught in a collaborative setting that creates community and trust, and builds off the real-world experiences of the participants and maximises opportunities to create and enhance valuable and networks.
The launch of the programme in London is an expansion of the 10,000 Small Businesses programme already running across the UK in Yorkshire, the North West and the Midlands. With over 100 participants having already taken part in the programme with promising results we are excited to be bringing the programme to London.
10,000 Small Businesses is fully funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Demand for places is expected to be high and the selection process involves a detailed application form and interview. Applicants from all business areas are welcome, from retail to high-tech, via manufacturing and services.
How to apply:
Online applications are now open and and will run until 9 December. Short listed applicants will be interviewed in the second half of January 2012 and workshops will run from 16 February to the end of May 2012.
Further details, including the programme's eligibility can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/10ksb
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